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Mini-Beats – March 2011 – Edition 38

Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure EP (2011, Captured Tracks) ♥♥♥ -mega-jangly springtime pop that finds Dustin crisping up production a little instead of hiding behind the wall-of-4track-sound on his debut LP- British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall (2011, Rough … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – February 2011 – Edition 37

Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings (2011, Carpark) ♥♥♥ -short, driving, syrupy-sweet indie-pop songs in the Superchunk or Get Up Kids vein; these tracks differ from early singles as they’re a bit more polished and are based around one-liner choruses repeated … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – February 2011 – Edition 36

Sam Humans – Heligoats – Live Free & Let Loose Split 10″ (2011, Greyday) ♥♥♥ -a formidable pairing of Sam Humans (formerly Modernstate) and the former singer for Troubled Hubble now rolling as Heligoats; Portland’s SH is locked into that … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – January 2011 – Edition 35

Kid Canaveral – Shouting At Wildlife (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½ -this is an attractive collection of mid-tempo indie-pop/twee-folk tunes; lazy comparison would be Frightened Rabbit due to their inherent Scottishness but a few of the slower, dreamier tracks had me thinking … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – January 2011 – Edition 34

Four Tet – There Is Love In You (2010, Domino) ♥♥♥♥ -a texturally warm and organic IDM surprise that will likely serve as Kieran’s best since 2001’s Pause– Alright Alright – You Are One Of Us Now (2010, Hive-Mind) ♥♥♥½ … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – December 2010 – Edition 33

Pas Chic Chic – Au Contraire (2008, Semprini) ♥♥½ -eccentric cabaret/psyche pop with danceable, almost Kraut-like beats and French lyrics likely about sex and wine and being hip and whatnot; this didn’t pan out as good as the description implies…- … Continue reading

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